Comfort Foods to Warm your Cockles this Winter

At this time of the year, when the food on your tables needs to be just that little bit more comforting and warming. Is there any better way to keep yourself full and warm in these wintery months than a delightful pie or casserole? We’ve complied a selection of just some of our favourite comfort foods which will be sure to keep you cosy and warm on a cold winter’s night. Cottage Pie (Serves 10) Possibly the ultimate comfort food! Cottage pie is an undeniable classic that is sure to become a family favourite. Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil 1¼kg...

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Christmassy Goings On – In and Around Skipton & Beyond

Who could argue that this is the best time of the year?! Cosy nights, tinkle lights, Christmas music a plenty, and of course the odd glass of mulled wine to boot! There’s plenty to enjoy in December around this area, with Gargrave and Skipton offering some fantastic Christmassy events that the whole family can enjoy. So, whether you’re local to the area, of planning a festive visit to North Yorkshire, we’ve got you covered in our Christmas article. Let’s dive in… Gargrave Christmas Collectables and Craft Fair – 10th December Admission 50p Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm Keeping it local to...

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5 Seasonal Winter Ingredients and How to Use Them

Here at the Masons Arms in Gargrave, we absolutely love this time of year. Cold, dark nights, open fires roaring, and Christmas around the corner, what could be better? But not only that, there’s also an abundance of seasonal, fresh ingredients that really come into their own throughout the colder, wintery months. Yeh, Spring and Summer are great and all, but if you told us you don’t love slow braised meats with some hearty root vegetables and creamy mashed potato, we wouldn’t believe you! So, on that note, we’ve put together our top 5 seasonal winter ingredients, and how we...

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Spooky Food and Drink Ideas for your Halloween

Halloween, the enchanting night when ghosts, ghouls, and all things spooky come out to play, is a time not only for costumes and tricks, but also for indulging in deliciously eerie treats. Embracing the culinary traditions of this bewitching holiday adds an extra edge of excitement and creativity to your celebrations. In this article, we dive into the world of spooky food and drink ideas, exploring everything from wickedly delicious beverages to pumpkin delights, petrifying pastries, and the witchcraft behind mixology. Brewing Wickedly Delicious Drinks Bewitching Potions: Creating Eerie and Creative Concoctions Let your imagination run wild as you enter...

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British Food Fortnight: A foodie celebration of all things British

Here at the Mason’s Arms, our ethos when it comes our food menus is to keep things local, seasonal, and most importantly, in line with what people have come to expect from a traditional English pub. With that in mind, British Food Fortnight has snuck up on us once again, a celebration of all things British, taking place between 16th September and 1st October. Although we don’t tend to do anything different in terms of our menus for British Food Fortnight, as they already reflect exactly what celebration stands for, it is a good opportunity for us to shout about...

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Yorkshire Dales Fayre Explained

Here at The Masons Arms, we’re fortunate to be located in one of the most picturesque villages in Yorkshire. Gargrave sits on the Southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, meaning we benefit from the vast array of Yorkshire produce that’s produced right on our doorstep. Being in such an idyllic location, as well and being situated smack bang on the Pennine Way, means we also have an abundance of tourists and visitors from all around the world come through our doors to stay in our B&B, and sample some of the Yorkshire Fayre on our pub menus. As such, we...

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The Inside Track of things to do when Staying with us in Gargrave

It’s that time of year again where our B&B in Gargrave which is attached to the side of our pub, The Masons Arms, often has the No Vacancies sign up! Gargrave is popular with visitors from all around the country, indeed the world, owing to the abundance of walking routes, its proximity to the famous Yorkshire Dales, and the fact that the Pennine Way runs right outside our front door! Not only that, but if you’re willing to drive out a little, there’s plenty of world-renowned landmarks that are well worth a visit. The picturesque village of Gargrave awaits adventurers...

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National Vegetarian Week – Our Top Veggie Picks

Vegetarian food doesn’t have to mean boring food, and here at The Mason’s Arms in Gargrave we design our menus to cater for everyone, and we always ensure our vegetarian options are packed full of flavour and aren’t just an afterthought. So, with that in mind, and the fact that this week marks National Vegetarian Week, we’ve dedicated a full article to go through some of our Mason’s Arms veggie classics, as well as some top tips from our brilliant team of chefs for how to introduce amazing flavour into your own veggie creations at home. We’ve said it before...

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Great Team, Great Feedback

We’re British, so we don’t like to blow our own trumpet too often! But this month we really wanted to shine a light on some of the positive feedback we’ve received, both verbally in the pub, on social media, and on TripAdvisor. Every bit of customer feedback we receive, good or bad, means so much to us because it tells us what we’re doing is either meeting your expectations, or shows us areas where we need to improve. Customer reviews are crucial for the hospitality industry because they can directly impact a restaurant and pub’s reputation, visibility, and ultimately, its...

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National Asparagus Day – 3 Ways to Best use Asparagus

Here at The Masons Arms in Gargrave, we’re big fans of keeping it seasonal, and we change our menus seasonally to fully make the most of the abundance of British produce. There seems to be a national awareness day for most things these days, but this one really caught our eye because it gives us a chance to shout about one of our favourite ingredients, British asparagus. National Asparagus Day is on 23rd April, but it adorns our menus throughout the spring and summer months. Whether you’re a seasoned pro at cooking with asparagus, or have never used it before,...

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